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How Dream Life Mama Started

The first few months of being a new mom pretty much sucked for me. I wanted to enjoy this tiny human I had created but I felt gross, I had headaches, she cried, I cried, I yelled, I was so sad, heartbroken, exhausted. She was so darn cute, how could I not be happy? Why was I not the ethereal goddess-mother with flowers in my hair, and a smile on my face, a beaming goddess that I always imagined I would be as a mother?

At 6 months old she was still waking 4-5 times in the night, nursing constantly day and night, which I loved initially, but it was the only way I could get to her calm down. She was cranky, hot and cold, I knew something wasn’t right. I watched the house crumbling around me, my face melting away as I looked in the mirror, I saw my light fading quickly.
Finally, we broke, we couldn’t go on like this, we had to do something!

I went on the search, reading books, blogs, asking friends and family, our pediatrician said: "Oh, yeah babies don't sleep for a few years – get used to it!"
Ummmm thanks for your help??

We found several extreme recommendations, either nurse her to sleep in our bed all night long and never leave her side, or close the door and let her cry it out till morning.

Neither of those were going to work for us. I reached out for help, did a ton of research on sleep studies, sleep and parenting philosophies, kept what made sense, and left what didn’t sit right with me. It was working. I felt myself coming back to life.

I finally had the confidence to put my child down for bed, knowing she would have a long restful sleep with minimal protest. I wasn’t fighting her anymore, she and I, working together to discover what worked for her. We continued our breastfeeding during the day between solids until she was 11 months old.

I knew if I felt this depleted, there must be other moms that felt the same.

How did I not know more about my daughter’s sleep earlier? Why wasn’t that a topic I learned in my childbirth classes? I had to do something to help my fellow mothers. I knew what I had to do, and set off on the journey to become a certified sleep consultant.

It lights me up seeing the difference I make in people's lives all over the world, supporting parents teach their babies good sleep habits to last a lifetime, and ultimately restoring mothers to their best goddess-y selves.

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Meet Taryn

I’m Taryn and I’m a Pediatric Sleep Coach.

I live in San Diego, CA with my husband, three kiddos- 2 girls and baby boy, and our fat cat Atticus. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I admire mothers, for their strength, softness, patience, complexity, and the ability to grow, nourish, and raise tiny human beings. I’m an advocate for moms everywhere. I enjoy smothering my children with kisses as they annoyingly push my face away.

In my time off, I enjoy spending quality time with friends, being barefoot outdoors, live music, crystals, matcha, dark humor, and tacos. I burn anything I put in the oven, and I shove clean when company comes over. This is my crazy and imperfect-perfect life.

When I help families get better sleep, I love that I’m really supporting them in living their crazy imperfect-perfect life, and it’s a lot more fun when you’ve had a great night’s sleep!

What have you learned about yourself by becoming a mother?

I’ve learned that I’m a much happier and more patient mama when I take time for myself. It took a few exhausted meltdowns for me to realize this. It takes practice balancing motherhood, finding childcare for the girls, to get away for a Happy Hour with friends, a Target run by myself, or even *gasp* a weekend trip away. But it helps recharge and rejuvenates my soul, so I can come home to my littles with a renewed sense of self and be the best mom I know how to be.

What is your number one tip for new mamas?

Trust your intuition. There are a lot of crazy days with a new baby. Even on the worst of them, remember your baby chose you to be their mother for a reason. Trust your baby! Kids are more capable than we give them credit for. Don’t sweat the small stuff, everyone says it goes by so quickly and it does. As soon as you get used to your baby being a certain way… they change! I find this to be true for both the easy and the more challenging phases.

Meet the Girls

Caris

Caris

3 years old

I’m the big sister and the inspiration for Dream Life Mama. I was not a good sleeper when I was a baby and thank goodness because, now, mommy has a whole new job helping moms all over the world teach their baby to sleep. You’re welcome, Mama! I enjoy helping my mom reorganize the Tupperware cabinet when she’s not looking, hugging and kissing my baby sister, making new friends and singing songs I make up.

Rylan

Rylan

2 years old

I’m the baby sister, and I’m a free spirit. I love laughing and joking with my mom, sister, family, and just about anyone who pays attention to me. I love copying my big sister, I’m her biggest fan. My favorite activity is when we reorganize the Tupperware together.

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